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Smooth-Frozen® Ridgefield’s® SideKicks® and Cup Slushies® Offer Schools More Meal Options

Country Pure Foods, the nation’s premier portion juice processor, recently announced the purchase of the assets of The Ridgefield’s Brand Corporation, which includes Smooth-Frozen Ridgefield’s SideKicks and Cup Slushies products. Ridgefield’s 100% fruit juice products, will allow Country Pure Foods to provide their school nutrition customers with more meal choices for students.
 
“This line is a natural extension of our 100% vegetable and fruit juices that are served in schools today,” said Raymond Lee, President and Co-CEO of Country Pure Foods. “Ridgefield’s product line has shown steady growth, and we believe this will be accelerated by our extensive sales force that will provide rapid expansion into new markets. In addition, we plan to launch a new line extension that will credit as a vegetable. We hope to have this new product available to sample at the upcoming School Nutrition Association show in San Antonio this coming July, along with the existing Ridgefield’s SideKicks fruit juice line,” said Lee.
 
Ridgefield’s SideKicks qualify for National School Lunch Program (NSLP) federal reimbursement by crediting as a ½ cup fruit serving toward weekly USDA required totals. In addition, Ridgefield’s SideKicks are compliant with the new “Smart Snack” rule, which sets standards for items that can be sold in a school’s à la carte program, providing an added revenue stream for school nutrition departments.
 
As guidelines for school nutrition programs become more rigid, it is important to offer healthy solutions that drive students to the cafeteria. Lunch participation rates determine federal reimbursements and are key to the financial health of school nutrition departments. Ridgefield’s SideKicks option increases the rate of fruit consumption by students at meal time because of its vibrantly colored ice cream-like texture and rich flavors.
 
More information about Country Pure Foods and its products can be found online at juice4u.com, call 1-877-99JUICE (58423) or email info@juice4u.com.
 
About Country Pure Foods 
Country Pure Foods is the nation’s premier juice company, formed by joining four outstanding companies: Natural Country Farms of Ellington, Connecticut; Ohio Pure Foods of Akron, Ohio; Ardmore Farms of DeLand, Florida; and Cal-Tex Citrus Juice of Houston, Texas. Most recently, Country Pure Foods became a wholly owned subsidiary of Silver Springs Citrus, Inc., a corporation owned by Sapporo International and Toyota Tsusho America Inc. Combined, the company has over 300 years of experience providing fresh juice, packaging and distribution solutions to the food service, retail and contract packaging industries. Country Pure Foods is Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certified Level 3, the highest level attainable.
 
About The Ridgefield’s Brands Corporation
Ridgefield’s was founded in Maryland over 30 years ago with the primary goal of making absolutely delicious, healthful foods at the forefront of good nutrition. In addition to Cup Slushies, the company introduced Smooth-Frozen Ridgefield’s SideKicks 100% Fruit Juice cups in 2009. Ridgefield’s SideKicks include 100% of the daily requirement of vitamin C and are a source of vitamin A and Calcium. These products are sold to schools and health care foodservice distributors and co-ops nationwide.